Sunday, 13 May 2012

North and South (2004)

Elizabeth Gaskell's classic explores the simmering, restrained passion between two very different people who fall in love in spite of themselves.

Margaret (Daniela Denby-Ashe)

Set against the backdrop of Victorian England's industrial north, it follows the fortunes of Margaret Hale, one of 19th century literature's most original heroines.  Played by Daniela Denby-Ashe, Margaret is a privileged, middle class southerner who is forced to settle in the northern town of Milton.
John (Richard Armitage)

Margaret takes instant offence to the town and its people. She becomes terribly lonely and hates the dirt, noise and lack of civilisation, blaming their new way of life for her mother's ailing health.
Her distaste for the town and its people extends to handsome and charismatic cotton mill owner John Thornton, (Richard Armitage), whom she believes epitomises everything she dislikes about the North.

Margaret (Daniela Denby-Ashe)

However, Margaret gradually begins to settle in Milton. Her social conscience awakens and she befriends some of the local mill workers, learning about their poverty and workplace struggles.

As events conspire to throw Margaret and Thornton together, the two spirited characters have to overcome their repressed physical attraction for one another and conquer prejudices of class and circumstance.

This drama is a bit dark and grim at times, but I love the relationship between Margaret and Thornton and the ending is lovely! Enjoy! :) xx



  1. Daniela Denby-Ashe is a classical beauty and very charming. She gave such an astounding performance is North and South. Keira in pride and prejudice is nothing compared to Daniela. Daniela should be recognized by the hollywood and the British film industry. Actresses like Kate Winslet, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thomson are looking old and worn out and Daniela's acting is much more superior than these actresses.

    1. I'm glad you like North and South. :) xx